Soldier Nicknamed ‘Bomb Magnet’ Awarded UK Military Cross


‘Bomb magnet’ soldier says blasts ‘occupational hazard’

A soldier nicknamed “bomb magnet” after being blown up 17 times by insurgent attacks in his career has recalled how he thought he had lost his leg in the most recent incident, as he received a medal at Buckingham Palace.

The Prince of Wales even questioned WO1 Patrick Hyde on how he had been caught in so many blasts as he presented the 38-year-old with a Military Cross for “the extraordinary extent of his sense of responsibility and personal gallantry”.

WO1 Hyde, Regimental Serjeant Major of the 4th Bn The Rifles, said after the ceremony that the risk of being caught in bomb attacks in Helmand province was “an occupational hazard”. His frequent brushes with death had not made him superstitious.

He said: “There’s no lucky charms, when you operate in Sangin, as I have done, it becomes a bit of an occupational hazard up there. I’m just fortunate enough that I’ve survived.

“We’re trained to do what we do and it becomes second nature. You work together as a team and regardless of the threat there’s a job to be done at the end of it.”

Read more at The Telegraph

Nebraska Honors Our Troops


This is one of the reasons I love to drive across the Heartland of America. Every rest area in Nebraska has this: @RealJamesWoods


News Brief for 12 July 2014

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US sends military draft notices to men born in the 1800s >> BBC News
The agency that manages the dormant US military draft has apologised after sending conscription registration notices to men born in the late 1800s. The Selective Service System (SSS) said the error occurred after a clerk neglected to select the century in a search for newly eligible young men. It sent 14,250 notices to Pennsylvania men born 1893-97 in addition to 1993-97 before discovering the error.

911 tapes depict VAs response to collapse of Vet >> MilitaryTimes
Newly released 911 tapes reveal the efforts to revive a Vietnam veteran who collapsed with a heart attack in a Veterans Affairs hospital in Albuquerque. Jim Napoleon Garcia lay on the floor while an ambulance was called to take him to an emergency room 500 yards away.

Nova study to check if yoga helps veterans with PTSD >> Sun Sentinel
A study at Nova Southeastern University is set to examine whether yoga can help a hard-to-reach group: military veterans who have suffered from war’s traumas. Twenty veterans, who have served in battles from Vietnam to Iraq, will take two yoga classes a week for 10 weeks, with the expectation that they will also practice at home. Investigators will measure the effects of yoga’s breathing and stretching techniques on practitioners’ flexibility and stress levels.

Tucson area veterans welcome change in medical marijuana policy >> Tuscon News Now
Arizona’s top health official is adding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatment. That is welcome news for many veterans. Military veterans make up one of the largest groups expected to benefit from the change in Arizona policy.

To prevent veteran suicides, wounded warrior presses for holistic care >> CBS News
On Thursday, retired Army Sgt. Josh Renschler, who suffered a severe back and brain injury in Iraq, went to Capitol Hill to testify at a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing alongside the parents of three veterans who committed suicide. When his testimony began, tears and emotions blistered Renschler’s calm voice, but he was able to move on and express a clear message. “We need a system that serves the veteran, not one that requires the veteran to accommodate to the system,” Renschler said.

The Legged Squad Support System (LS3)


The Legged Squad Support System (LS3) walks around the Kahuku Training Area Thursday during the Rim of the Pacific 2014 exercise. The LS3 is experimental technology being tested by the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab during RIMPAC 2014. It is programmed to follow an operator through terrain, carrying heavy loads like water and food to Marines training. There are multiple technologies being tested during RIMPAC, the largest maritime exercise in the Pacific region. This year’s RIMPAC features 22 countries and around 25,000 people. – Sgt. Sarah Dietz/Marine Corps

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WWII Vet, 98, volunteers 17,000 plus hours at hospital

Olen Levell Jr. has volunteered more than 20 years at Flagler Hospital (Photo: Kathryn Jeffries, FCN)

At 98-years-old, Olen Levell Jr. still has a witty sense of humor that keeps everyone around him laughing. You could say service runs in his blood, service to others and service to our country.

“I flew 28 missions during the war and had a great crew,” told Olen Levell Jr.

Olen is a World War II veteran that flew B-24s and even flew on D-Day. He loves sharing war stories with friends and other volunteers and spends most of his time in the pharmacy.

“Working with the people I enjoy it and they put up with me, that’s the thing. It keeps me out of trouble,” laughed Olen.

So next time you visit Flagler Hospital, keep an eye out for its #1 volunteer!

Read more at First Coast News

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